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Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

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The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.

We seek to shape a sustainable future for Oklahoma and beyond by creating a community of interdisciplinary scholars and leaders who aim to comprehend the Earth’s human-natural systems.


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Degree Options

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Environmental Sustainability addresses how societies can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The degree offers three different areas of concentration: culture and society, planning and management, and science and natural resources.

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Geography is an integrative field that studies people and the world in which they live and the discipline consists of two primary fields: human geography and physical geography. Both of these disciplines use GIS technologies and other analytical tools such as statistics, modeling and qualitative approaches.

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Geographic Information Science is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of study and employment in the U.S. addresses how geographic information systems and remote sensing (aerial photography and satellite imagery) are used for gathering, analyzing and visualizing all forms of geographically referenced information.

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DGES Upcoming Events

Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability Uncomfortable Conversations in Comfortable Chairs ?? What's the deal with the Executive Order? 23, A speakeasy series led by DGES students Sarkeys Room 543 | Thursday February 22nd 3-5pm Contact Jay Wimhurst and Gloria Nakvagaba for more details
Uncomfortable Conversations in Comfortable Chairs

This Thursday at 3pm, join us in Sarkeys Room 543 for another round of Uncomfortable Conversations in Comfortable Chairs, a monthly speakeasy series organized by DGES devoted to discussing difficult topics in a safe space without judgment from others. We'll be talking this month about Oklahoma's recent Executive Order that limits Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in higher education, and how DGES can pivot to sustain its DEI values moving forward. Your insight makes a real impact on how DGES fosters a community and culture that is welcome to everyone regardless of background, expertise, or aspirations, so we hope that you will join us. See the attached flyer for details, and please contact Jay Wimhurst and Gloria Nakyagaba if you have any questions.

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First Monday Coffee Hour

Join DGES for our new First Monday Coffee Hour Event on Monday, February 5th at 9:30 AM in SEC 410 Student Lounge! Every first Monday of the Month come and enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks, and good conversation.

DGES Calendar Events


ᏗᏂᏠᎯ ᎤᏪᏯ MeeT Me At The Creek BEST MINI-DOC COMPETITION BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2024 World Premiere Zootown Arts Community Center February 22nd - 11:30am February 24th - 2:45pm.
ᏗᏂᏠᎯ ᎤᏪᏯ (Meet Me at the Creek) Film Named Top 10 Finalist at Big Sky Documentary Festival

ᏗᏂᏠᎯ ᎤᏪᏯ, directed by Loren Waters and executively produced by DGES' Laurel Smith,  is a top 10 finalist for the best mini-doc competition at the academy award-qualifying Big Sky Documentary Festival! The film tells a story of interconnectedness and Cherokee values and an effort to restore Oklahoma's Tar Creek.

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Oaxaca Study Abroad StoryMap

Check out this StoryMap featuring the study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico! The StoryMap, by Geography M.A. student Abby Cervenka, highlights the one-month journey of experiential learning. 

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Dr. Darren Purcell Wins OCSS 2024 University Professor of the Year

Dr. Darren Purcell won the Oklahoma Council for Social Studies 2024 College/University Professor of the Year!

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